Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Valentine's Day Gift Guide: 2013

For a sophisticated spin on the standard box of chocolates, how about a box of mini macarons instead?

It’s just about time to dream up this year’s Valentine’s Day plans and gifts, and as I mentioned in last year’s guide, I’m a big believer in using the holiday to celebrate all your loves, not just the romantic ones, and to keeping the festivities low-key and sweet. This year the boy and I will be ordering pizza, uncorking a bottle of red wine, and watching a movie, a mini-tradition for us, as well as having dinner with friends a few nights later. While I’ve asked for my personal favorite v-day gift, a love note, here are a few other ideas for sweet, little gifts.

xx Molly

Pretty Little Things: Sometimes all you need is a lovely keepsake to remember a special day, like a heart paperweight, heart straws, a tiny dish that reads "I couldn't heart you more" or sparkly mineral magnets.

Jewelry: What girl doesn't love jewelry? For Valentine's Day, I think it's best to choose feminine pieces, like a pink heart ring, a pastel beaded bracelet, or twinkly earrings.

Flowers: Obviously a classic for the holiday, but why not get something that will last forever, instead of just a week or two, like realistic silk flowers or a flowering potted plant?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


It’s chilly in New York today, like 10 degrees on my walk to work cold. I have my little desk space heater on full blast to try to counteract, but all I really want is to be snuggled with this blanket, sipping some hot cocoa, warm inside my apartment with nowhere to go. It’s days like this that make me long for the summer, spring is almost here...right?

xx Molly

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Color Combination - Orange and Purple

I’m coming to realize more and more that New Yorkers wear a LOT of black. While that’s fine and all, I’m more of a color girl (surprise, surprise). One of my favorite combinations in fashion, décor, you name it, is orange and purple. So here are some of my favorite pieces available now, and some of my favorite inspiration photos.
  1. Alice and Olivia: Jeans $220
  2. DVF: Clutch $395
  3. Anthropolgie: Maillot $188
  4. Calypso St. Barth: Dress $399
  5. Topshop: Skirt $32
  6. Stella McCartney: Bag $960
  7. Madewell: Bangles $6
  8. Club Monaco: Dress $199
  9. Jimmy Choo: Shoes $575
  10. Miu Miu: Sweater $720
xx Molly

images via pinterest

Friday, January 18, 2013

Quote of the Week

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As work gets busier and busier, as it always does this time of year, I’m finding it harder to motivate myself to accomplish my personal goals. After getting home after a long day, the last thing I want to think about is more “work,” but these quotes really resonated with me. Sure, I could spend my evenings watching tv, playing on pinterest, or indulging in a glass of wine, and I would probably enjoy my evening more than if I was getting things on my t-do list done. Or I could apply my time to something that will make me a happier personal with a fuller life in say six-months, which seems like it just might be worth it. Hope you have a lovely weekend and find some time to fit in those important things you’ve been putting off.

xx Molly

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Shake Shack: Madison Square Park

After my slightly underwhelming experience with Shake Shack, here, I thought I was pretty much done with the place, but kept hearing that the original Madison Square Park location was far and away the best. So, I decided to give it another try and was pleasantly surprised with how much better I liked it this time. Although, to be honest that might have had a lot to do with the chocolate malt milkshake I indulged in, and of course reliving childhood fun.

xx Molly

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Blood Orange Upside-Down Cake

My love affair with blood oranges really blossomed when I studied abroad in Paris; I used to buy fresh squeezed blood orange juice instead of regular orange juice, and boy was it a delicious upgrade. To continue my love of blood orange desserts (remember the caramels, yum) I tried this recipe for a blood orange upside-down cake (I used Vegg to replace the eggs, and it worked amazingly). Because of the cornmeal, the whole cake takes on this rustic, homespun vibe, which is super satisfying to those comfort food cravings and better yet, the taste of the blood oranges really comes through.

xx Molly

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Bubbles in the Park

J Crew Coat (similar here) * Lord&Taylor Scarf * Free People Jeans * Cole Haan Booties (on sale!) * Matt and Nat Bag

While out exploring and taking advantage of the mini heat wave this past weekend, the boy and I happened upon a bubble station in Madison Square Park. Someone had set up buckets with soapy water and handmade bubble wands, and in doing so, brought so much enjoyment to children and adults alike. In fact, one man who was walking his dog, nearly laid down on the ground to blow on one of my bubbles to keep it airborne. It was really lovely seeing how happy giant bubbles can make us all.

xx Molly

Monday, January 14, 2013

Dining Room Updates: Inspiration


When I graduated from college and got my first apartment (two and half years ago now), I suddenly needed furniture. So with the help of my parents, I pulled together lovely apartment filled with some of their hand-me-downs, big-box store offerings, and vintage finds. One such vintage find, are my dining chairs, which have big comfy cushion but are, I have sadly come to realize, much too large for my table, not to mention apartment living. All of this, of course, leads me to my current hunt for new dining chairs. I’ve included some of my favorites above, as well as some lovely inspiration rooms below. So what do you think, which chairs should I chose?

xx Molly

This is my table, as styled by Crate and Barrel, and while I think the French bistro chairs look great, I'm after something a little different.

I've shared this one before, I just love, love, love this dining room, but I'm not sure I'm ready to commit to a full set of custom upholstered chairs quite yet.

Ghost chairs are amazing, but are they really going to be in style forever?


The boy say's that the most important thing is that the chairs be comfortable, not exactly my highest priority ;)

We have a brick wall in our dining room, and I love the way the tarnished blue chairs look with the brick.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Quote of the Week

Technology has not been my friend lately; the screen on my personal laptop is no longer functioning and early this week the hard drive on my work computer crashed. Yeesh! So considering that I'm trying to recover all of my photos, I thought I’d share this little bit of advice with you today. So excuse me, I’m off to leave glittery footprints all the way to the Apple store.

xx Molly

images via pinterest

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Arthur Avenue

I recently explored a new-to-me section of NYC, Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, or as some call it, “NYC’s real Little Italy.” The neighborhood is chock-full of authentic Italian grocers, pasta makers, bakeries, kitchen stores, restaurants, and even hand-rolled cigar shops (although, not exactly what I was after). The neighborhood is most easily accessed by car but can also be reached by subway and bus (details here), and is well worth the trip. In fact, I think you can completely bypass Manhattan's Little Italy, which has been almost completely overrun by Chinatown, as you’ll get a more authentic experience here. Enjoy the cannolis!

xx Molly